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Yankees looking strong early on

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The Yankees continue to look like World Champions, winning 9-of-10 on their way to an 11-3 record. Four of their five starts have ERA's under 3.00 (cumulative 2.18 ERA), the exception being Javier Vazquez who owns an 8.27 ERA in two starts so far.

Phil Hughes was magnificent last night, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning and earning his second win. Joba Chamberlain owns a 2.16 ERA in eight appearances from the bullpen, and Mariano Rivera has given up an earned run yet.

This is exactly what the Yankees need from their team in a division with two other legitimate contenders. The Rays' hot start should be considered no fluke, with young pitchers Wade Davis and David Price contributing at the bottom of the rotation.

Aside from Teixeira, who is 6-for-52, the Yankees top five hitters have combined to hit 14 home runs and post a .326 average (85-for-260). Once Teixeira finds his swing, it should only improve the Yankees chances this season.